#1 Mercedes CLK GTR Roadster ever built offered at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale

9174285-1-13Quando Mercedes-Benz presentò la sua prima CLK GTR Roadster nel 1998 costava all’epoca 1,5 milioni dollari, il che la rendeva l’auto di produzione più costosa mai realizzata, una cifra superata solo nel 2005 dalla Ferrari FXX.


La Bonhams Festival of Speed ​​Sale vedrà in offerta il primo esemplare mai costruito di Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster, stimato in £ 1,400,000-1,800,000.

James Knight, Motoring Director di Bonhams: “La vettura è stata proprietà di Mercedes-Benz fino al 2014, quando fu acquistata dall’attuale proprietario. Si, è effettivamente una  auto nuova con soli otto chilometri, ed è l’unica dei sei roadster essere rifinita in nero. Raramente si vede una vettura con queste credenziali sul mercato”.

Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale takes place on 26 June in Goodwood, Chichester. For more information visit https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/.

When Mercedes-Benz first unveiled its CLK GTR Roadster in 1998 it sold for an astonishing $1.5 million dollars, making it the most expensive production car ever, a figure only recently exceeded by the Ferrari FXX.

Bonhams Festival of Speed sale will offer the very first example of the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster ever built, estimated at £1,400,000-1,800,000.

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: “The car was retained by the Mercedes-Benz company until 2014 when it was acquired by the current owner. It is effectively a new car with just eight kilometres on the odometer, and it is the only one of the six roadsters to be finished in black. We rarely see a car with these credentials come to market.”

An open topped variant of the already super-exclusive CLK GTR Coupe – only 25 road going cars were ever produced – the Roadster was made in a very limited edition indeed. The company had the simple but effective idea of removing the roof and installing two roll-over bars and additional strengthening, plus the Roadster engine boasted an engine increased to 640bhp (40 horsepower more than the Coupé) and a Formula 1-style, sequential six-speed transmission controlled by paddles on the steering wheel.

At the end of the 1996 racing season, Mercedes-Benz switched from racing touring cars to sports cars, a decision that left precious little time to develop a challenger for the FIA’s (International Automobile Federation) new GT Championship. The latter’s regulations stipulated that ‘GT1’ category cars had to be production based, so development was entrusted to Mercedes-Benz’s official performance division, AMG. Amazingly, just 128 days after design work had commenced in December 1996, the first Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR took to the track at Jarama in April 1997 for its initial test.

The CLK GTR first won at the challenging Nürburgring in June 1997, going on to win five more of the 11 rounds to take the GT Championship in its debut year. With a new CLK LM (Le Mans) waiting in the wings, the CLK GTR raced just twice in 1998, before being retired from active duty after little more than a season’s racing, but with an impeccable record.

During 1998 and 1999, Mercedes-Benz duly completed 25 road going CLK GTRs. These closely resembled the racing version but had ‘only’ 550bhp and dispensed with the racer’s separate rear wing in favour of a body-integral design. They were also better equipped and kitted out with more creature comforts than the racer. With a headline-grabbing price tag of over $1,000,000, the CLK GTR’s exclusivity was surpassed only by its incredible performance.

Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale takes place on 26 June in Goodwood, Chichester. For more information visit https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/.

Bonhams announces inaugural auction at the 2015 Goodwood Members Meeting

Bonhams annuncia la prima asta mai tenuta al “Goodwood Members Meeting“. Previsto per Sabato 21 marzo, l’evento completa il trio di aste Bonhams tenute a Goodwood, Chichester. Dopo aver gareggiato ai Members Meetings negli anni ‘50, la Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé del 1955 che fu di Mrs.Kitty Maurice è anche l’ultima ad aver gareggiato alla 24 ore di Le Mans. La vettura è stimata a £ 600,000-700,000.

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La vendita sarà la terza asta Bonhams tenuta a Goodwood, a fianco dell’annuale “Festival of Speed Sale” (26 giugno 2015) e la “Goodwood Revival Sale” (12 settembre 2015). James Knight, International Motoring Director per Bonhams, ha detto: ”Questa asta chiude il nostro trio di vendite in questa famosa località per l’automobilismo.

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La data è perfetta e completa una stagione ricca di automobilismo sia ricreativo che competitivo per l’anno a venire. Si tratta di una rievocazione favolosa che fa rivivere i gloriosi anni di Goodwood, inoltre offre la cornice ideale per un asta Bonhams. Siamo già pronti a ricevere le prenotazioni per questa asta e non vediamo l’ora di presentare ai nostri clienti oggetti eccezionali”.

Il Goodwood Members Meeting, è stato pensato da Lord March per ricreare l’atmosfera e il cameratismo degli originali BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) Members Meeting organizzati al Goodwood Motor Circuit tra il 1949 e il 1966.

Situato nel Chicane Paddock all’interno del circuito, l’asta sarà trasmessa in diretta on-line sul sito bonhams.com , e sarà caratterizzata da più di 50 vetture d’epoca  sportive e da turismo.

“Bonhams è un partner leale di Goodwood fin dalla prima edizione del Festival of Speed nel 1993 e la decisione di organizzare un’asta in occasione del 73° Members’ Meeting per completare i Festival of Speed and Revival sales è una testimonianza del valore della nostra associazione”, ha detto Lord March, e ha aggiunto, “Sono sicuro sarà un altro grande successo.”

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Scheduled for Saturday 21 March, the sale completes the trio of Bonhams auctions held at Goodwood, Chichester

Having raced at Members’ Meetings in period (1950s), the ex-Kitty Maurice 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé is also the last Frazer Nash to have competed in period at the Le Mans 24-Hours Endurance Race. It is an early high profile consignment to the Bonhams’ sale with an estimate of £600,000-700,000. In 2015 Bonhams will host the first ever classic car auction at Goodwood Members’ Meeting.

Held on 21 March, the newly announced Sale will be the third Bonhams auction hosted at Goodwood, alongside the annual Festival of Speed Sale (26 June 2015) and the Goodwood Revival Sale (12 September 2015). Leading the auction is the ex-Kitty Maurice 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé. Spotted racing at several Members’ Meetings in period, the beautiful Sea Green coupé is offered at Bonhams inaugural Members’ Meeting auction with an estimate of £600,000-700,000. Ordered new by a Mrs. Kitty Maurice of Castle Combe, Wiltshire, in April 1955, the car travelled to France for the famous Le Mans 24-hour in June of that year, acting as support vehicle for AFN (Archibald Frazer-Nash) entries.

The cars second and final appearance at Le Mans was under the ownership of John Dashwood. Alongside Bill Wilks, Dashwood managed the car for three hours of the race until he slid into a sandbank at Arnage due to fading breaks.

“Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting completes our trio of sales at this famous motoring location. The timing is perfect, allowing buyers a full season of recreational or competitive motoring for the year ahead. The Members’ Meeting is a fantastically revived re-enactment of Goodwood race meetings from yesteryear, and provides the perfect backdrop for a Bonhams auction,” said James Knight, Bonhams International Motoring Director, adding, “Consignments are now being accepted for this newly established sale, and we look forward to presenting our customers with some exceptional entries.”

The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is a new style of motor racing event, conceived by Lord March to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) Members’ Meetings held ‘in period’ at Goodwood Motor Circuit  from 1949-1966. Located at the Chicane Paddock within the motor circuit, the auction will be streamed live online via the Bonhams website, and will feature over 50 sports, touring and classic motor cars.

“Bonhams has been a loyal partner of Goodwood ever since the first Festival of Speed in 1993 and the decision to hold an auction at the 73rd Members’ Meeting to complement the annual Festival of Speed and Revival sales is a testament to the value of our association,” said Lord March. “I’m sure the Members’ Meeting sale, which is sure to include some stunning historic cars, will be another huge success.”

Bonhams Members’ Meeting sale will take place at Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, on Saturday 21 March 2015. Entry to Bonhams auction is permitted by catalogue only, to order a catalogue please visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/

For entry to the 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting please visit: https://grrc.goodwood.com/section/members-meeting-73/

By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez

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